Bernadette Smith nominated NDP candidate for Point Douglas

The Manitoba NDP is proud to have Bernadette Smith officially nominated as a candidate for the Point Douglas by-election, President Ovide Mercredi announced today.

“Point Douglas has an exceptionally qualified candidate in Bernadette,” Mercredi said. “Her longstanding advocacy for women’s and Indigenous rights, as well as her extensive experience working within the community have well-prepared her to serve the people of Point Douglas.”

Flor Marcelino, Interim Leader of the Official Opposition, Condemns Cowardly Attack on Muslim Worshippers in Quebec Mosque

The news of the horrific terrorist attack on the mosque in Quebec is shocking and heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and their communities during this difficult time.

This attack on a peaceful Islamic place of worship was a violent refutation of the values we hold dear.

Today, we stand in solidarity with Muslim families across Manitoba and Canada in condemning this cowardly act of murder. As Canadians, we must commit to ending the victimization of Muslims and other refugees and recommit to having an open, democratic society for all.

Letter to the editor from Amanda Lathlin, NDP MLA for The Pas and NDP critic for Indigenous and northern affairs

Manitobans deserve leadership that brings them together, rather than divides them. Manitobans deserve leadership that emphasizes our common values, rather than inflaming tensions and inciting emotions.

Premier Brian Pallister, however, has made inflammatory comments on the issue of night hunting over the past several weeks. He first said it was becoming a “race war” in a private closed-door meeting with party supporters. He refused to clarify or to withdraw his irresponsible comments at the time.

Health Minister Must Overturn Ruling That put Heart Attack Patient on Hook for $118,000 Bill

Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen should overturn a ruling by his department that dismissed a heart attack patient’s request for help with his $118,000 medical bill from a U.S. hospital, NDP health critic Matt Wiebe said today.

“Through no fault of his own, Robin Milne was handed a huge medical bill after being sent from his home in Sprague to the U.S., where doctors saved his life,” Wiebe said. “The Pallister government should pay that bill and ensure that no other Manitobans face the same traumatic shock when fighting for their lives.”

Pallister Government Breaks Promise To Reveal Results of “Value for Money Audit”

Despite promising to show Manitobans the results of his “value for money” audit of government programs, Premier Brian Pallister is now refusing to reveal any information about it, documents received by the NDP show.

“Last June, the Pallister government vowed it would be transparent and promised it would release 97 per cent of the information in the audit of government programs,” NDP MLA James Allum said today. “Manitobans paid for this audit but the premier is now refusing to release any information. He is clearly breaking his promise of transparency and accountability.”

The premier launched his “value for money” audit of all government programs last summer. The audit was done by accounting firm KPMG for $740,000 and completed before the end of 2016.

Statement by NDP MLA James Allum on Manitoba's Regulatory Environment

Just like Pallister’s so-called review of regulations in the 1990s, this announcement is for show, not about substance – there is no need for a government to legislate this rule. By introducing such a law, the Pallister government is potentially hamstringing itself or any future government by forcing it to eliminate regulations merely for the sake of show.

Job Posting: Convention Coordinator/Organizer

JOB TITLE: Convention Coordinator/Organizer - Manitoba NDP

JOB SUMMARY

The successful candidate, under the direction of the Provincial Secretary, will be responsible for implementing,
coordinating and monitoring all logistics for the 2017 Manitoba NDP Policy Convention (March 17-19, 2017).

This includes, but is not limited to, event logistics, assisting with convention fundraising activities, coordinating related meetings, convention mailings, membership renewal and convention related constituency events.

QUALIFICATIONS

Statement on Premier Pallister’s ‘Race War’ Comments

The Brandon Sun revealed today that Premier Pallister claimed in a closed door party meeting there is a ‘race war’ in Manitoba, before leaving for Costa Rica.

“Premier Pallister’s ‘race war’ comments are a divisive and unhelpful intervention in an already over-heated conversation”, Wab Kinew, NDP MLA for Fort Rouge said today.

“To claim behind closed doors that there is a ‘race war’ in your province and to then leave for a multi-week vacation in Costa Rica is not leadership – it’s irresponsible. The Premier should return to Manitoba immediately, apologize for his insensitive comments, and start discussions on solutions that work for everyone” said Kinew.

NDP Names New Caucus Chair & New Roles: Marcelino

The NDP has named a new caucus chair and new roles for two MLAs, Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

The new caucus roles take effect immediately and include:

  • Tom Lindsey, MLA for Flin Flon, will assume the role of caucus chair;
  • James Allum, MLA for Fort Garry-Riverview, will add the critic role for Growth, Enterprise and Trade to his other duties; and
  • Nahanni Fontaine, MLA for St. Johns, will add the critic role for Children and Youth Opportunities to her other duties.

Pallister Shows Disrespect for Frontline Workers With Single-minded Focus on Austerity: Lindsey

The Pallister government has once again showed its disrespect for frontline workers and their unions by refusing to work with them in good faith, NDP MLA Tom Lindsey said today.

“While we’re happy the government has finally met with labour leaders – nearly eight months after being elected – today’s meeting with Finance Minister Cameron Friesen appears to be nothing but a smokescreen with a predetermined outcome,” Lindsey said. “Despite his earlier promises, the premier didn’t bother to attend the meeting. It’s clear he’s not interested in listening to the concerns of frontline workers and doesn’t want their input into government policy. It’s also clear he’s setting the stage for tearing up contracts, freezing wages and cutting services.”